Candidates Matches and Computer Challenge to begin in Elista

by ChessBase
5/25/2007 – Sunday's the big day. In Elista, Kalmykia, the Candidates Matches begin, with 16 players vying for four places available in the September World Championship in Mexico. During the final phase of the Candidates there will also be a Computer Challenge match between the top programs Deep Junior and Deep Fritz. GM Yasser Seirawan will provide live commentary.

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FIDE Candidates Matches 2007 in Elista

The Candidates Matches for the 2007 World Chess Championship Tournament will be held in Elista, Russia, from May 26 to June 14, 2007. A total of 16 candidates play two rounds of six-game matches to fill four places in the 2007 World Championship in Mexico City. The prize fund is US $40,000 per match, most of the money ($320,000) coming from a personal fund of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE ($160,000) and the general sponsor, Rosenergomash. The initial pairings are:

1 Levon Aronian (ARM)
Magnus Carlsen (NOR)
8 Alexei Shirov (ESP)
Michael Adams (ENG)
3 Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)
Sergei Rublevsky (RUS)
6 Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
Vladimir Malakhov (RUS)
2 Peter Leko (HUN)
Mikhail Gurevich (TUR)
7 Judith Polgar (HUN)
Evgeny Bareev (RUS)
4 Boris Gelfand (ISR)
Rustam Kasimjanov (UZB)
5 Etienne Bacrot (FRA)
Gata Kamsky (USA)

Schedule of the Candidates Matches

Round one (semifinals)
26 May 2007 Saturday Opening ceremony
27 May 2007 Sunday Game 1
28 May 2007 Monday Game 2
29 May 2007 Tuesday Game 3
30 May 2007 Wednesday Rest day
31 May 2007 Thursday Game 4
1 June 2007 Friday Game 5
2 June 2007 Saturday Game 6
3 June 2007 Sunday Tie breaks

The semifinals will be followed by two rest days, and then by the second round between the respective match winners will take place.

Round two (finals)
6 June 2007 Wednesday Game 1
7 June 2007 Thursday Game 2
8 June 2007 Friday Game 3
9 June 2007 Saturday Rest day
10 June 2007 Sunday Game 4
11 June 2007 Monday Game 5
12 June 2007 Tuesday Game 6
13 June 2007 Wednesday Tie breaks
14 June 2007 Thursday Closing Ceremony

Live coverage on Playchess

Playchess commentator GM Yasser Seirawan

The games of the Candidates Matches, which start at 15:00h local time (13:00h CEST), will be broadcast live on the server. There will be daily live audio commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, with a minimum of three one hour lectures per round, beginning approximately thirty minutes after play has started. For a charge of ten Ducats (about one Euro) a visitor gets a twelve hour pass to listen to the live lectures. Furthermore, GM Seirawan will be awarding daily prizes of Gambit books to the person or persons who have been of the greatest assistance. "We are interested in verbal commentary about a given position (not computer generated analysis), as well as witty insights," he says. "Each and every one is welcome to join in the fun!”

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The Ultimate Computer Chess Challenge

This event, which is sponsored by FIDE and Kalmyk President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, takes place from June 6th to June 12th in the Goverment House, Elista, Republic of Kalmykia, the venue of the Candidates Matches. The computer games will be played on the same stage, starting at 11:30 a.m. during the final stages of the Candidates.

May 2007   June 2007
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   May 26 – June 14  FIDE Candidates Tournaments 2007, Elista, Kalmykia
   June 6 – June 12  President’s Cup Computer vs. Computer

The opponents are the reigning computer chess world champion Deep Junior and the winner of the 2006 match against the human world champion Vladimir Kramnik, Deep Fritz. The rate of play for the computer match is Rapid Chess 75 min for the game + 5 sec per move. Arbiter is IM David Levy, President of the ICGA (International Computer Games Association). The prize fund is US $100,000 ($60,000 to the winner, $40,000 to the loser).

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